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We congratulate our Vice-President, Prof. Stella Williams, to receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET).

IIFET states in justification: "Professor Stella Williams embodies IIFET’s goals of fostering global interaction between academia, trade, and government on the economics of fisheries policy and seafood trade. She has made significant contributions enabling individuals of different professional orientations and countries to exchange information, data, and perspectives on fisheries issues.

World Oceans Day celebrations 2016 by Mundus maris, Mundus maris clubs and partners in different countries kicked off at the Environment Festival in Brussels on Sunday, 5 June.

Attractive stands and sunshine drew large crowds to the festival. People queued up through the day at the Mundus maris stand

Mundus maris Club - Senegal is preparing the 2016 edition of World Oceans Day activities

What is "cooking" to celebrate World Oceans Day 2016 in the fishing village of Hann, in Senegal? The Mundus maris Club is again preparing an attractive programme.

The Green Me International Film Festival for Sustainability in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, attracted large crowds to its viewings of some 40 film presented in the Silverbird cinema complex. The motto was Ocean, Life, Water. Prof. Stella Williams, Vice President of Mundus maris, handed over the prizes at the gala night closing the festival on 3 April 2016.

The Teaching Kit with teacher's guide and kid's workbook of FAO's Fridtjof Nansen Project with educational aids for the ecosystem approach to fisheries is ready for distribution. The materials were finalised as a result of the pilot activities conducted since 2011 by Mundus maris.

The third global coral bleaching event to be recorded is snaking its way around a warming globe, devastating reefs and now threatening the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. How long will we see healthy coral with fish? The bleaching effects may be aggravated by industrial developments.

Green Me Film Festival for Sustainability in Berlin themed ocean, life, water this year. More than 40 documentaries, feature pictures and short films were shown in 10 categories. The understanding and protecting the giants of the oceans was a focus with live animations in the corridors.

Students in Lagos follow-up the Mundus maris World Oceans Day contest with beach clean up.

What  lovely news to break - these three dynamic students of the Federal College of Fisheries in Lagos, Nigeria, did not want to stop at winning awards in this year's Mundus maris contest for World Oceans Day. They wanted to do more, especially for the stretch of ocean right at their doorsteps.

An exceptionally strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the Pacific is leading to massive coral bleaching this year. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency of such events and corals are living already close to their temperature maximum.

HUGYCUP is an international underwater photography and video contest. Mundus maris sponsored the wide angle prize this year. It was won by Luc Eeckhaut, who was also the overall winner of the HUGYCUP 2014/15. Congratulations! The superb award ceremony took place 26 September 2015. We keep a beautiful memory..

Celebrating the Fishbase Silver Jubilee and 10 years of SeaLifeBase

The 13th FishBase Symposium in Los Baños, Philippines, was a great success. The special event to mark the 25th  anniversary of FishBase and the 10th  anniversary of SeaLifeBase attracted international and national speakers around the challenge to use these web resources for teaching and research.

Earth Overshoot Day 2015 - 13 August

Global overshoot occurs when humanity’s annual demand for the goods and services that our land and seas can provide—fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, wood, cotton for clothing, and carbon dioxide absorption—exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in a year. Overshoot means we are drawing down the planet’s principal rather than living off its annual interest.

Clean-up of Baobab Beach, Kilifi, Kenya

World Oceans Day was the great occasion to draw attention to the plight of the ocean. Eco Ethics Kenya, in collaboration with Mundus maris and various local partners put their hands where their mouth is and mobilised for the big clean-up.

One in six species in "Finding Nemo" is threatened by extinction say scientists

The ocean faces a biodiversity crisis. Scientists wanted to know whether notoriety of the characters in "Finding Nemo" helped with better protection. Helas, of the 1568 species represented and analysed for their conservation status, some 16% are threatened by extinction, e.g. half of the 8 species of Hammerhead sharks (Anchor).